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Region 2 News Release:     03-826-NEW / BOS 2004-050
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Contact: John M. Chavez
Office: (617) 565-2075

OSHA Announces New Alliance To Promote Job Safety For Hispanic Employers And Workers

NEW YORK -- Improving workplace safety and health for Hispanic workers is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (Metro ASSE).

OSHA Health and Safety alliances are part of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships. The five OSHA area offices participating in the alliance are in Avenel, Long Island, Bayside, Manhattan, and Tarrytown.

"This alliance with the Metro ASSE is an example of Secretary Elaine L. Chao's commitment to find cooperative ways to improve health and safety for all workers," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "It will enlist the help of experienced safety and health professionals to promote a culture of safety."

Through their alliance, OSHA and the Metro ASSE will develop training in Spanish targeted to Hispanic workers. Hispanics suffered a national total of 840 fatal work injuries in 2002. Offerings will include OSHA's 10- and 30-hour construction and general industry courses in Spanish, through the use of ASSE and OSHA Spanish-speaking trainers.

The participants will also develop workplace safety and health cur